Libraries and museums are using broadband to expand access to content and create communities where all people have the ability to access and use information technologies.
Public Hearing: Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact
IMLS is holding a public hearing to examine the need for high speed broadband in America’s libraries. IMLS is charged with advising the President and Congress about the library, museum, and information service needs of the American public.
National Initiative: Building Digital Communities
Full participation in American society requires the ability to access and use digital content and technologies. Libraries, businesses, hospitals, schools, cultural institutions, community technology centers and local governments face difficult decisions about how to create and sustain access to broadband technologies.
Search the Awarded Grants database for grants to broadband programs (issue areas have only been assigned to grants awarded since FY 2009)
Broadband content on the IMLS Web site:
May 7, 2015 12:35 PM
IMLS encourages libraries, archives, and museums to share their thoughts on how the federal government can expand and promote broadband adoption and digital inclusion.
April 30, 2015 09:41 AM
President Obama announced two new efforts to strengthen student learning by improving access to digital content and to public libraries.
September 11, 2014 10:32 AM
IMLS grants support basic library services, 21st century skills training and cultural projects and initiatives.
May 1, 2015 02:01 PM
Yesterday, the President traveled to the Anacostia Neighborhood Library in Washington, D.C., to announce new partnerships to expand access to free e-books for America’s students and to ensure every student has easy access to their local library and the wealth of knowledge and resources it can provide.
January 15, 2015 03:53 PM
During my four years leading IMLS, we helped shaped a future course for the nation’s libraries and museums through our investments, partnerships, and leadership initiatives.
January 14, 2015 01:37 PM
Libraries are repositioning themselves as educational institutions, so they will be viewed as important as schools, colleges, and universities.
Five museums and five libraries have won the 2008 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities.
Garden State communities are quickly finding that history and high-tech intersect on the New Jersey Digital Highway, a newly developed web portal that is linking historical institutions around the state and helping to digitize their rich collections.
March 1, 2012 02:16 PM
A guide to help spark community conversation and action to increase broadband adoption and use.
The Framework encourages engagement across all sectors of the community so that "all people, businesses, and institutions have access to digital content and technologies that enable them to create and support healthy, prosperous, and cohesive 21st century communities.”
This brief provides a demographic analysis of public access computer users and uses and demonstrates that public libraries are providing much more than basic technology access.
Quick summary of the impact of library services for digital literacy and broadband adoption.